UN / CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

18-Oct-2021 00:02:35
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Central African Republic (CAR), Mankeur Ndiaye, told the Security Council that “any delay or non-holding” of upcoming local elections “would expose the integrity” of the Political Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation and “risks jeopardizing the peace process.” UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 18 OCTOBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations Headquarters

18 OCTOBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Various shots, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (French) Mankeur Ndiaye, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Central African Republic and Head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA):
“In addition to being a democratic rendezvous for inclusive governance, these local elections are the result of a major political compromise that underpins the critical balance of the power-sharing regime enshrined in the Political Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation. It follows that any delay or non-holding of these elections would expose the integrity of the Agreement and risks jeopardizing the peace process.”
4. Med shot, delegates
5. SOUNDBITE (French) Mankeur Ndiaye, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Central African Republic and Head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA):
“It is therefore imperative that all armed groups and their leaders, without exception, sincerely support the peace process by carrying out in good faith all their obligations under the 6 February Agreement and the joint road map. MINUSCA intends to remobilize all partners and make optimal use of its good offices and force to increase the contribution of international partners to the peace process and to ensure, together with all parties concerned, the credibility and integrity of the Agreement.”
6. Med shot, delegates
7. SOUNDBITE (French) Mankeur Ndiaye, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Central African Republic and Head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA):
“I would like to point out to deplore the resurgence of incidents relating to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse. Such unacceptable and unjustified incidents can unfortunately ruin the reputation of our organization and undermine the legitimacy of our mandate, hence the rigorous implementation of the Secretary-General's zero-tolerance policy and the readjustment of our comprehensive and integrated strategy for the prevention and response to sexual exploitation and abuse focused on victims, which I am personally driving at this time.”
8. Med shot, delegates
9. SOUNDBITE (French) Faustin-Archange Touadéra, President, Central African Republic:
“On 15 October I declared a unilateral ceasefire and the end of military operations in accordance with the aforementioned joint roadmap. I am counting on the support of Security Council members to safeguard the integrity of the political agreement for peace and reconciliation and the joint roadmap. These agreements can only bear fruit if the signatories shoulder their responsibilities and if all parties are held accountable.”
10. Wide shot, Council
STORYLINE
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Central African Republic (CAR), Mankeur Ndiaye, today (18 Oct) told the Security Council that “any delay or non-holding” of upcoming local elections “would expose the integrity” of the Political Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation and “risks jeopardizing the peace process.”

Ndiaye said, “in addition to being a democratic rendezvous for inclusive governance,” these local elections, being held for the first time since 1988, “are the result of a major political compromise that underpins the critical balance of the power-sharing regime” enshrined in the Agreement.

The UN official, who is also the Head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), said it was “imperative that all armed groups and their leaders, without exception, sincerely support the peace process by carrying out in good faith all their obligations under the 6 February Agreement and the joint road map.”

MINUSCA, he said, “intends to remobilize all partners and make optimal use of its good offices and force to increase the contribution of international partners to the peace process and to ensure, together with all parties concerned, the credibility and integrity of the Agreement.”

Ndiaye deplored the resurgence of incidents relating to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse. “Such unacceptable and unjustified incidents,” he said, “can unfortunately ruin the reputation of our organization and undermine the legitimacy of our mandate, hence the rigorous implementation of the Secretary-General's zero-tolerance policy and the readjustment of our comprehensive and integrated strategy for the prevention and response to sexual exploitation and abuse focused on victims, which I am personally driving at this time.”

Briefing via video teleconference, the President of the Central African Republic, Faustin-Archange Touadéra, recalled that on 15 October he had declared “a unilateral ceasefire and the end of military operations in accordance with the aforementioned joint roadmap.”

Touadéra said, “I am counting on the support of Security Council members to safeguard the integrity of the political agreement for peace and reconciliation and the joint roadmap. These agreements can only bear fruit if the signatories shoulder their responsibilities and if all parties are held accountable.”

President Touadéra on Friday announced the accord with armed groups, stating that he hoped it would lead to dialogue and greater protection of civilians, according to media reports.

Secretary-General António Guterres in a statement issued on Saturday (16 Oct) welcomed the declaration of a unilateral ceasefire in the CAR. The Secretary-General commended the development, describing it as a “critical step” which is in line with a roadmap for peace adopted in September by the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, an intergovernmental organization of 12 African countries.

Some leaders of the main rebel alliance, the CPC, have reportedly welcomed the ceasefire.

The CAR has faced cycles of rebel violence since the 2013 ouster of former leader François Bozize, and despite the signing of an agreement between the Government and 14 armed groups two years ago.
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